POTD: Tim Minchin

POTD: Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin is a brilliant singer/songwriter whose work I have been a fan of for at least a decade. It’s not easy remaining topical, funny, and entertaining while also not-so-subtly promoting skepticism and atheism, but Minchin pulls it off like a direct...
Remembering Randi

Remembering Randi

I don’t have a lot of people I call heroes, but James “The Amazing” Randi certainly qualified. He died Tuesday at 92 of, well, being 92. The first time I saw Randi was when I was a kid, watching Sonny Fox introduce him on “Wonderama,” a...
Coronavirus Con

Coronavirus Con

Jim Bakker is being sued by the Attorney General of Missouri for selling what he claims is a Coronavirus cure. From an NPR report: Televangelist Jim Bakker held up a blue and silver bottle, gazing intently at the label, as he questioned the woman sitting next to him....
John Oliver Takes On Psychic Mediums

John Oliver Takes On Psychic Mediums

If you’re a regular reader of this site — or if you listened to my radio show — you know how much I detest the frauds who call themselves psychics (here’s just a sample of the blog posts I’ve written on this subject). I’ve railed...
Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

As Benjamin Radford writes, psychics were absolutely no help in finding Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs — just as they’ve failed in every previous case. Closs joins other high-profile missing persons including Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard. Elizabeth Smart...
Rapist Faith Healer

Rapist Faith Healer

I was very upset when I read an article this week about John Of God. I’ll get to that news in a moment, but first some background. John Of God is a supposed faith healer in Brazil who conned millions of people into believing he has divine powers to rid them of...